26 / 8 / 2014 Midnight
How NHS trusts can ensure safe patient care in light of increasing demands on the acute medical unit (AMU), is set out in a statement from the Royal College of Physicians. The statement outlines how pressure on the AMU can be alleviated by, for example, reviewing Hospital@Night arrangements and incorporating specialty registrars (ST3+) from all single specialties who have recently completed core medical training into the acute take rota.
The more recently a doctor has left core medical training, the safer requesting them to contribute will be for the patient, the employer and for the doctor. Participation of non-GIM registrars in the acute take should usually be restricted to the first 12–24 months for most trainees and should be done in collaboration with the LETB.
Rising admissions through the acute medical take and the shortage of core medical trainees applying for acute medicine or dual accreditation is leading to increasing demands on the AMU and a shortage of trainees at ST3 and above capable of supporting the acute take. The BMA have supported the statement stating if properly implemented it could benefit both trainees and patients.
Read the full advice on the Royal College of Physicians website.